Panel supports shipping containers for housing demonstration

Panel supports shipping containers for housing demonstration

HONOLULU (AP) - A Honolulu City Council committee has approved a proposal to explore the viability of shipping containers for low-cost housing.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Public Health, Safety and Welfare Committee gave a heads-up Tuesday to a resolution urging Mayor Kirk Caldwell to develop a demonstration project using shipping containers.

Caldwell announced last week he's ready to work with Council members and the Faith Action for Community Equity group on affordable housing options, including containers.

The resolution calls for the administration to submit a list of potential sites for the project by May 1.

George Atta, the city's planning and permitting director, says he has already spoken with several entities about using shipping containers as homes.

Atta says land-use laws allow homes made from containers that have basic housing criteria.

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